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Two Madoff computer programmers who authorities say made the whole decades-long $65 billion Ponzi scheme possible were arrested Friday and brought up on criminal charges of conspiracy, falsifying the books and records of a broker-dealer and falsifying the books and records of an investment advisor. The SEC, which never tumbled to the ripoff before Madoff up and confessed last December, added civil charges. The pair is looking at spending the rest of their lives in prison. Madoff, their 71-year-old employer, is already doing 150 years. He has consistently maintained that he acted alone. John O’Hara, 46, of Malverne, Long Island and George Perez, 43, of East Brunswick, New Jersey were arrested at their homes first thing Friday morning by the FBI and hauled off to New York to be arraigned. They worked for Bernie Madoff from the early 90s until last December when he was... (more)

Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey   To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home. Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July 27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last until she reaches the age of 3. Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)

Cloud Computing From "Agile Cloud Integration" to "Zero Latency"

Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be traveling from all over the world to New York this coming June 6-9 to attend 8th International Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center with 11th Virtualization Conference & Expo. Listen to Cloud Expo being promoted yesterday in New York City on CBS Radio/1010Wins [WikiUpload - MP3 file] Here is an early sneak-peek at some of the many and varied themes and topics due to be discussed in the breakout technical sessions scheduled in the course of the jam-packed four days. (Editorial Note: this is a small initial selection only – the Call for Papers for 8th Cloud Expo only closed February 4th, and new sessions are being selected and posted on a daily basis.) Agile Cloud Integration – see The Transactional Cloud Application Development in the Cloud – see Java in the Cloud Automation in... (more)

Citrix Forges Ahead With On-Demand IT

Billing it as the first self-service “storefront” for enterprise applications, Citrix today launched a new product aimed at bridging the growing gap between web-based consumer services and traditional enterprise computing – a gap that Citrix believes has simply become too big to ignore, both in terms of user experience as well as cost of delivery. The new offering is called Citrix Dazzle. "Every day, employees are presented with an amazing array of exciting apps and services on the web that spark their imagination and put them in full control of their experience. Then they come to work, and their IT experience is mandated by a bland 'general issue' sameness that threatens to drive every ounce of productivity and innovation out of them," said Mark Templeton (pictured), Citrix President and CEO, as he announced Dazzle at the company's Synergy event in Las Vegas. "No... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

The Top 250 Players in the Cloud Computing Ecosystem

In the run-up to the next Cloud Expo, 7th Cloud Expo (November 1–4, 2010) being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley, it's time to give my earlier list a complete overhaul. Here, accordingly, is an expanded list of the most active players in the Cloud Ecosystem. I have increased it from the 'mere' 150 I identified back in January of this year, to 250, testimony – as if any were needed! – to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites of the companies themselves. Omissions to this Top 250 list should be sent to me via Twitter (twitter.com/jg21) and I will endeavor to include them in any future revision of this newly expanded rou... (more)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need access to it, with no professional services required." McKinnon was commenting on the day that he and his team launched a new on-demand service to accelerate the secure adoption of Cloud Apps. Pandora, LiveOps, Enterasys, FusionStorm, and AMAG Pharmaceuticals are the first to roll out Okta identity... (more)

Olery Realises Benefits Of Cloud Application Integration With CloudBees WEAVE@Cloud

WEAVE@cloud Enables Olery's Marketing Users to Rapidly Create Custom Integration Events in Minutes with No Need for Programming or IT Assistance BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - October 22, 2013 - CloudBees, Inc., the enterprise Platform as a Service (PaaS) innovation leader, today announced Olery, the Amsterdam-based provider of online reputation management tools for the leisure and hospitality industry, has deployed WEAVE@cloud, reducing the time it takes to develop integrations between internal sales and marketing applications from, on average, 14 days down to 14 minutes. WEAVE@cloud is so simple to use that Olery's marketing department is able to independently create synchronisation events for applications such as Wufoo, Gmail, Salesforce.com and Unbounce and integrate the associated APIs with multiple data streams - all without writing any code and without needing internal ... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 16, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Information and communications technology solutions provider Huawei and telecommunications firm Telstra are planning to launch the first LTE Category 6-compatible mobile broadband device in Australia in the next few months.  The Telstra Wi-Fi 4G Advanced Pro X is a mobile hotspot able to operate continuously for up to t... (more)

Success, Arrogance, Rise and Fall

New Media on Ulitzer Last week we were accidentally copied in on an internal e-mail from a software company with a market cap in excess of five billion dollars. As I read through this long e-mail thread, which included references to our company, I couldn't help but reflect on the past. I forwarded this e-mail to their CEO and he acknowledged its receipt. History is repeating itself, I realized, and I wanted to share my thoughts with our readers and with the CEO of this software company. In 1985-86 I worked at IBM as a market research analyst in White Plains, NY, at the company's Information Systems and Communications Group headquarters. Our big boss then was Mike Armstrong. He often held staff meetings in our building at 44 South Broadway. On the day we found out from the Wall Street Journal that he had been appointed the head of IBM Europe, he held his last staff... (more)

"Open Source Is In Our Blood," Says Sun's Jonathan Schwartz

"No matter what the cynics say," wrote Sun president and COO Joanthan Schwartz in his blog this week, "since its inception, Sun has been a believer in and contributor to open source communities - after all, we were built on an open source operating system. Open source is in our blood, not just our press releases and billboards." The occasion for these comments? The fourth "birthday" of OpenOffice.org. "Congratulations, folks," Schwartz continued, "No one can possibly doubt that we're making a difference." Schwartz noted that, in the four years since Sun's contribution of StarOffice to the open source community, it has been downloaded tens of millions of times, and the European Union has recently recommended OpenOffice.org as the basis for standard file formats and document interchange. "Chalk one up for open standards," Schwartz noted. "The competition's on the run.... (more)